Every time voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame comes around yours truly expresses the belief that former New York Giants General Manager George Young has been overlooked for that honor.
“There are so many [good candidates],” DeBartolo said. “I had sort of a kinship to George Young. I think he was a very, very talented man. I didn’t know him well. But the Giants were such a tough, good organization, so if I had to pick out one person in management, I probably would pick George Young.”
Young was Giants’ GM for 19 seasons. When he took the job in 1979, the Giants had not reached the playoffs since 1963. During his tenure, they made the playoffs eight times and won two Super Bowl titles.
- Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana thinks Odell Beckham Jr. could one day be in the conversation with Jerry Rice as one of the best receivers of all time. He called Beckham’s Miami boat trip before last year’s playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers “a little excessive.”
- After the 2017 NFL Draft, former Giants Shaun O’Hara blasted the team for not doing more for the offensive line. Now that he has studied first-round pick Evan Engram, O’Hara is singing a different tune:
“When the Giants drafted him, I had to kind of go back and watch film and find out who this kid is, but [the explosive plays] are the types of plays that showed up as soon as you turned on the film,” O’Hara said. “He’s a tight end, but he runs better than a receiver. So you’ve got the tight end screens. Now look at him finding space in the defense and a little yards after the catch. Giants fans haven’t seen that since Jeremy Shockey. So they’re excited. They’re going to be watching him in training camp.”
- Former Giants beat writer Dan Graziano has listed 25 predictions for the 2017 NFL season, a couple of which involve the Giants. Graziano predicts that whenever Beckham gets a contract from the Giants it will “blow the top” off the wide receiver market and be worth more than $20 million annually. He also predicts that Eli Manning will be the last of the 2004 quarterback class to be playing. The others, of course, are Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.